True pelican story told in new children's book


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Posted Online: March 10, 2012, 3:40 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
A new children's book by Moline author Arlene Rundle tells the true story of a wounded pelican rehabilitated by a local man, which captured the hearts of Quad-Cities residents in 2008.

Her book, "Percy the Lone Pelican," will be released nationally on Monday. Ms. Rundle and the book's illustrator, Jeff Chin, will appear at a special children's book signing at The Book Rack, 3937 41st Ave., Moline, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

"Percy the Lone Pelican" tells the story of an injured American white pelican left behind by its flock in November 2008, stranded for weeks in a network of drainage streams and ditches near the site of the planned Triumph pork plant in East Moline. Art Norris, a local environmental activist, organized its rescue. In the book, the pelican learns to trust and begins to heal when he is rescued and cared for by a local man and his dog.

"I hope the book will help young readers become more aware of the natural world just beyond the city limits," said Ms. Rundle, a retired elementary schoolteacher. The book's illustrator is a Chicago artist who is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island.




















 




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1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
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